Painting a way to a Better Understanding of Local Culture and Heritage

8 Jun

Development Studies Graduate and current PhD student Faith Curtis joined other member of the UP&UP Team (Shane Kennedy and Brad Russell) and local artists (including Saretta Fielding (Wonaruah)) to lead a Community Art Project that shared visual stories of family and connection to country.

United by the cross-cultural themes of the BLACK WHITE & RESTIVE exhibition, the local artists guided students from around Newcastle and the Hunter region to bring together their own unique and individual stories together in paint. The students put in a great effort and the end results are very striking.


This project, developed in response to the exhibition BLACK WHITE & RESTIVE, explores concepts of belonging, identity and place. It aims to teach both young and older artists to broaden their experience of contemporary Indigenous art, local culture and heritage and also to encourage them to visit the Gallery.

The final painted works of art created during the series of workshops will be assembled and placed on display in the Gallery’s SMART SPACE for visitors to experience as part of BLACK WHITE & RESTIVE.


Newcastle Art Gallery, Smart Space
Laman Street Newcastle NSW 2300

28 May – 7 August 2016



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